As crime scene technicians crouched around evidence a few homes down the street, a boy opened his front door.
“What happened?” he asked Baltimore Police homicide Sgt. Sean Jones.
“Shooting,” Jones replied.
“Who?” the boy asked.
“We don’t know,” Jones said. “Yet.”
A toddler poked her head behind the boy and waved hello.
Around the corner and out of the children’s view, splashes of blood stained the sidewalk in the 100 block of N. Smallwood St., surrounded by discarded purple gloves of paramedics.
The shooting occurred around 2:15 p.m. Thursday in the Penrose/Fayette Street Outreach neighborhood, and police said the 32-year-old victim, who was not immediately identified pending notification of his next of kin, died at University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
Twenty-five people have been killed so far this year.
Police processed the scene for more than an hour, taking away an overturned bicycle found not far from the victim.
Then they clipped down the crime scene tape, reopening the streets. A fire truck would later arrive to wash away the blood, hopefully before the young neighbors would encounter it.
Police asked anyone with information to call 410-396-2100, or the Metro Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-866-7LOCKUP.